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Apple Reportedly Working on Foldable with E-Ink Display

Apple is reportedly working on a foldable iPhone smartphone that will have an E-Ink EPD display on the outer screen.

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The age of the foldable device is well underway. Samsung has a fully mature line up including the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Flip, while and other Android OEMs are also on board. Of course, has the folding twin-screens of the Surface Duo. However, has so far been absent from the party… but that may be changing.

Reports suggest Apple is finally working on bringing a foldable to the market. However, in a unique twist, the device will reportedly use E-Ink displays.

Analyst and tech industry watcher Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is working on Electronic Paper Display (EPD) technology for iPad tablets. However, the company is also considering using the technology on a foldable smartphone.

Kuo says EPD “has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices,” claiming the screen reserves energy better than an LCD or OLED display. While this would clearly mean better power capabilities, there is a reason manufacturers do not use E-Ink.

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Among the drawbacks are less responsive screens, fewer colors, and no touch interaction. This means Apple is likely only going to use the E-Ink screen as the outside of display of its folding iPhone. In other words, the inner displays will remain OLED/LCD.

We will have to wait a long time to find out. Kuo says Apple might not release a foldable iPhone until 2025. By then the company will be playing catchup to the other OEMs. Too far behind the pack? Maybe, but Apple has proven adept at entering mature hardware spaces and dominating them.

Let's see what happens with foldables.

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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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